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Our Yoga Instructors

We choose our yoga teachers based on spirit, heart and commitment to their practice. We have the privilege of living in a community filled with amazing yoga teachers and are so grateful to bring together such a diverse group of heart-centered yogis.

Mandy Butera

Classes: Introduction Aireal Yoga, Aireal Power Yoga, Aireal Stretch and Flow, Aireal Yoga Inversion, Restorative Aireal Yoga

Mandy Butera is the founder and owner of the unique retail wellness studio, Wren and Wild, located in beautiful Bend Oregon. She holds certification as a 200 RYT, 50 Hour Aireal Yoga Instructor and 50 Hour Advanced Teacher Trainer in Aireal Yoga as well as she is a certified Nutrition Health Coach. Mandy first found yoga as a way to relieve stress from her position as an executive and then later as a healing modality from several mountain biking injuries. Mandy resides in Bend Oregon with her executive chef husband and her SUP partner Booker the English bulldog.

Tara Mortenson

Classes: Introduction to Aireal Yoga, Aireal Power Yoga

Tara began her yoga teaching journey in 1999 as a way to help pregnant women feel good in changing their bodies. Tara holds a 200 hr RYT and 50 hr Aireal certification. She draws inspiration from numerous workshops with teachers such as Rod Stryker, Shiva Rea, Seane Corn and Sianna Sherman. Tara is now combining yoga postures with the hammock to provide a safe and fun environment for people to cultivate awareness, physical strength, and soar to new heights!

Heather TenBroek

Heather TenBroek

Classes: AIReal Yoga and Floor Yoga

​Heather believes in self-care & self- love. She believes in magic. She believes that yoga can transform the world. She believes in sharing and holding space in our community for transformation & magic through yoga. She’s found that recognizing that we are all learners in this lifetime gives us the freedom to play, explore and find adventure all through our lives. Heather completed her 200hr Teacher Training with Rolf Gates in 2015.
Nicole Billard

Nicole Billard

Classes: AIReal Yoga, Floor Yoga

Nicole has been practicing yoga since 2000 as a part of her lifelong commitment to physical and emotional wellbeing. As a registered instructor of both AIReal and Terrestrial yoga, she is happy to share the benefits and lessons of her experience with you! Nicole’s classes blend an anatomical focus with a wholistic approach to lifestyle, stress management and how we move our physical body through our world. Nicole is also a level 2 Reiki practitioner and offers Yoga Nidra to help deepen your practice.  Your body is your partner and vessel; easing communication between mind and body is Nicole’s specialty!

Brooke Coletta

Classes: Aireal Yoga

Brooke found her love of Yoga at a small San Diego studio in 2008. She was inspired to deepen her practice, so she and her husband decided to move to Colorado in 2013 where she took her 200 hour teacher training at Yoga Loft in Boulder. She immediately knew this was only the beginning of her spiritual quest. After completing her first training, she wanted to further develop her teaching skills and enrolled in an Unnata® Aerial Yoga Teacher Training with Michelle Dortignac; and then her 500 hour Advanced Teacher Training with Shannon Paige.
Brooke understands Asana to be one aspect of the journey that Yoga is and can be. Brooke uses oracle cards in her classes to help students create an intention and to bring the Yoga back into the Yoga. She likes to challenge her students to feel each posture and experience the full potential of their breath; for it is Brooke’s belief that the body is the ultimate container for Prana.   Brooke is a serious student of philosophy and her goal is to ignite whatever it is inside you that fuels your Yoga fire!

 

Hannah Heilicher

Classes: AIReal Yoga

After graduating from The University of Montana with two business degrees, Hannah decided to completely switch gears and follow her passion; the calling of yoga. After completing her 200RYT through Reflections Yoga (2014), Hannah trained and taught in Missoula Montana, studying aerial silks, aerial yoga and circus arts. She is proud to be a certified AiREAL Yoga teacher (2017) and is thrilled to be teaching both aerial and floor yoga to all skill levels.

Laura Purdy

Classes: Kunalini Floor Yoga

Laura Purdy is a K.R.I. certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher as taught by Yogi Bhajan. She completed her 550 hour year long teacher’s training in 2003 with teachers Mahan Rishi Singh Khalsa and Nirbhe Kaur Khalsa from The Khalsa Healing Arts & Yoga Center of Yardley, PA. Laura has a dedicated Kundalini Yoga practice and teaches workshops as well as group & private classes here in Bend, Oregon. With great reverence Laura loves the healing vibrations of the Gong and she incorporates it into her yoga teachings and offers Gong Therapy sessions.

Mary Beth Scanlon

Classes: Slow Flow Floor Yoga

I am grateful to share my passion for this practice; which has changed my body, mind and soul.  Yoga gives us permission to embrace where we are in the moment and let go of what no longer serves us.  We come to our mats and come face to face with our edge.  One breath at a time we become a witness as the highest version of ourself emerges. After 5 years of teaching Vinyasa and Slow Flow in Detroit, MI, I am thrilled to join the Bend yoga community as a student and teacher.  Other rolls I play: mother to two awesome kids, wife to one pretty rad guy, puppy-mama to Buddha the golden retriever, sun-worshiper, hiker, workout- junkie, student of life.

Leeanne Schweitzer

Classes: Vinyasa and Childrens Yoga

Leanne is a dedicated and devoted yoga student. After spending the majority of her life practicing gymnastics she transitioned into yoga upon entering college. She’s been practicing yoga for over 10 years. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in Denver Colorado at CorePower yoga in December 2015 and immediately moved to Bend, Oregon with her husband and two cats. She loves snowboarding, hiking, biking, meditation, camping, music and kids! Yoga has taught her patience, compassion, humility and self love and she loves being able to share these gifts with others. “Let the beauty of what you love, be what you do!” -Rumi

Kristen Budz

Classes: Childrens Yoga

Kristen is a Certified Yoga Teacher of Radiant Health Yoga® and graduate of the 200 hour Yoga Alliance program. She also received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with an emphasis in Graphic Design and Painting from the University of Idaho. For nine years, she worked in the corporate world at Nike, Inc., as an Artwork Coordinator and Colorist. During her time at Nike she had the opportunity to explore a vast number of workout classes. It was there that she discovered her love of Yoga! It wasn’t until a move to Bend, Oregon in 2017, did she follow her heart’s calling and signed up for teacher training. Kristen strongly believes that yoga is a relationship between the mind, body and soul…playfulness, freedom, peace and joy. Kristen’s creative approach, personality and desire to help others learn are her greatest gifts to our field. She hopes to share her passion and knowledge with you as well as inspire you while you’re on your own spiritual path!

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